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Jamrach's Menagerie - A Novel

Carol Birch

SHORTLISTED for the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction A thrilling and powerful novel about a young boy lured to sea by the promise of adventure and reward, with echoes of Great Expectations, Moby-Dick, and The Voyage of the Narwhal. Jamrach's Menagerie tells the story of a nineteenth-century street urchin named Jaffy Brown. Following an incident with an escaped tiger, Jaffy goes to work for Mr. Charles Jamrach, the famed importer of exotic animals, alongside Tim, a good but sometimes spitefully competitive boy. Thus begins a long, close friendship fraught with ambiguity and rivalry. Mr. Jamrach recruits the two boys to capture a fabled dragon during the course of a three-year whaling expedi­tion. Onboard, Jaffy and Tim enjoy the rough brotherhood of sailors and the brutal art of whale hunting. They even succeed in catching the reptilian beast. But when the ship's whaling venture falls short of expecta­tions, the crew begins to regard the dragon-seething with feral power in its cage-as bad luck, a feeling that is cruelly reinforced when a violent storm sinks the ship. Drifting across an increasingly hallucinatory ocean, the sur­vivors, including Jaffy and Tim, are forced to confront their own place in the animal kingdom. Masterfully told, wildly atmospheric, and thundering with tension, Jamrach's Mena­gerie is a truly haunting novel about friendship, sacrifice, and survival. From the Hardcover edition.

SHORTLISTED for the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction A thrilling and powerful novel about a young boy lured to sea by the promise of adventure and reward, with echoes of Great Expectations, Moby-Dick, and The Voyage of the Narwhal. Jamrach's Menagerie tells the story of a nineteenth-century street urchin named Jaffy Brown. Following an incident with an escaped tiger, Jaffy goes to work for Mr. Charles Jamrach, the famed importer of exotic animals, alongside Tim, a good but sometimes spitefully competitive boy. Thus begins a long, close friendship fraught with ambiguity and rivalry. Mr. Jamrach recruits the two boys to capture a fabled dragon during the course of a three-year whaling expedi­tion. Onboard, Jaffy and Tim enjoy the rough brotherhood of sailors and the brutal art of whale hunting. They even succeed in catching the reptilian beast. But when the ship's whaling venture falls short of expecta­tions, the crew begins to regard the dragon-seething with feral power in its cage-as bad luck, a feeling that is cruelly reinforced when a violent storm sinks the ship. Drifting across an increasingly hallucinatory ocean, the sur­vivors, including Jaffy and Tim, are forced to confront their own place in the animal kingdom. Masterfully told, wildly atmospheric, and thundering with tension, Jamrach's Mena­gerie is a truly haunting novel about friendship, sacrifice, and survival. From the Hardcover edition.
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SHORTLISTED for the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction A thrilling and powerful novel about a young boy lured to sea by the promise of adventure and reward, with echoes of Great Expectations, Moby-Dick, and The Voyage of the Narwhal. Jamrach's Menagerie tells the story of a nineteenth-century street urchin named Jaffy Brown. Following an incident with an escaped tiger, Jaffy goes to work for Mr. Charles Jamrach, the famed importer of exotic animals, alongside Tim, a good but sometimes spitefully competitive boy. Thus begins a long, close friendship fraught with ambiguity and rivalry. Mr. Jamrach recruits the two boys to capture a fabled dragon during the course of a three-year whaling expedi­tion. Onboard, Jaffy and Tim enjoy the rough brotherhood of sailors and the brutal art of whale hunting. They even succeed in catching the reptilian beast. But when the ship's whaling venture falls short of expecta­tions, the crew begins to regard the dragon-seething with feral power in its cage-as bad luck, a feeling that is cruelly reinforced when a violent storm sinks the ship. Drifting across an increasingly hallucinatory ocean, the sur­vivors, including Jaffy and Tim, are forced to confront their own place in the animal kingdom. Masterfully told, wildly atmospheric, and thundering with tension, Jamrach's Mena­gerie is a truly haunting novel about friendship, sacrifice, and survival. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Steve West

Length:

11h 46m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:11


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

08:28


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:52


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

09:19


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:42


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:05


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:48


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:28


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:47


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:31


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:30


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:22


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

09:02


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:12


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:08


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:51


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:18


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:28


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:09


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:40


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:12


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:36


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:25


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:24


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:46


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:48


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:15


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:28


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:55


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:09


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:45


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:51


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:33


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:49


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:11


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:35


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:39


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:17


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

09:04


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:25


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:07


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:49


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:14


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:10


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:23


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:50


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:06


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:12


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:43


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:26


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:13


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:13


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:08


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:17


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:26


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:46


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:51


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:44


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:38


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:08


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:06


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:12


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

09:02


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:55


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

09:07


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:43


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:51


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:25


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:55


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:15


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:27


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:37


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:48


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:15


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:52


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

08:20


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

08:03


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:35


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:52


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:33


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:27


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:10


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:51


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

09:15


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

09:09


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

09:27


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:50


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

07:25


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:14


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

08:04


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:41


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

07:02


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

07:36


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:30


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

07:54


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

00:30